Progress made on new Wakefield Trinity Wildcats stadium, says Mary Creagh

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh is confident an agreement can be reached to build a new community stadium for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Sunday, 4th October 2015, 10:00 am
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will have a new home after receiving notification that the Secretary of State has passed planning permission for the Newmarket Development that will include a Community Stadium. The 12,000 capacity stadium at junction 30 of the M62 is expected to be complete in time for the Wildcats to take their place as anchor tenants at the beginning on the 2015 season and will be owned by the Wakefield & District Community Trust, also providing much needed sporting facilities for the district. (W523B225)

Plans had been drawn up for the club to move to a new 12,000 capacity stadium as part of a new 100-acre business park in Stanley.

But a crash in the economy sidelined the proposals and no work has since been done on the new stadium.

Ms Creagh met with Wakefield and District Community Trust to discuss the stadium plans on Friday.

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She said: “I’m confident all the parties can reach an agreement. We are in a completely different position to where we were three months ago.

“All parties are willing to meet and hammer out the issue, and agree a way forward.”

Phil Townsend, of Wakefield and District Community Trust, said they are working on a new agreement to ensure the stadium gets built.

He said: “This week we have seen Castleford Tigers get final planning permission for their new stadium and we congratulate them on that.

“We have been in that situation for almost three years and we have seen no progress.

“Our focus remains on trying to ensure all parties involved get together and build the new stadium.”

Ms Creagh, the trust, Wakefield Council and developer Yorkcourt Properties are expected to meet in December or early next year.

The Wildcats are currently preparing for their million pound promotion play-off against Bradford Bulls on Saturday. And Ms Creagh is hopeful the club can retain their Super League status.

She said: “I have everything crossed for the game. It is an exciting time and Wakefield is a team on the up. I really hope they stay in the league.”